We all know how important exercise is to health and well being, but logging hours on a treadmill can be downright dull. For those of us who like a dose of fun or novelty with their exercise regimen, Philadelphia has some excellent options that are unique to the area. You could align your chakras at a yoga studio, learn how to pole dance, or fly through the air on a trapeze. These studios offer classes and workshops that will guide you through interesting and unusual routines that can’t be found at the average gym.
What: Lithe Method
Lithe Method is an intense cardio and toning workout created by Lauren Boggi, a college cheerleader, lifelong fitness enthusiast and dancer. She created Lithe specifically to break the boredom of traditional workouts. The classes use unusual apparatuses like ballet bars and trampolines. Targeted for women, the Lithe Method aims to make you’re body strong and sexy. Classes are specifically focused on certain body parts with names like “sweet cheeks,” “short shorts,” and “thigh high.”
Where: Studios are located in Rittenhouse, Old City and Northern Liberties. Check the website for more information. www.lithemethod.com
What: Dhyana Yoga
With 5 studios in and around the city, it seems Dhyana has something of a monopoly on the Philadelphia Yoga market. Dhyana Vitarelli may have set more people on the path to enlightenment than any other Philadelphian. Her studios are pristine, open and airy. The roster of classes offers something for everyone from the first timer to the yogi master. Dhyana offers styles of yoga that incorporate breathing, chanting and meditation. For a truly unusual experience try Kundalini yoga, a physical, mental and spiritual discipline, called “yoga therapy” by some.
Where: Studios are located in Rittenhouse, West Philly, Old City, Haddonfield and the Main Line. Check the website for more information. www.dhyana-yoga.com
Master Jay moves offers Salsa, Hip Hop, Tap dance, roller-skating and pole dancing lessons. The lively classes are so fun that you’ll forget you are exercising. Check you shyness at the door, these classes are not for the faint of heart. Check the website for schedules. www.masterjaymoves.com
Where: 1807 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA
The Philadelphia School of Circus Arts is the only contemporary circus school in the region. Shana Kennedy, who is an aerialist and a juggler, began teaching circus art in her back yard and eventually developed the school. An aerialist is an acrobat who performs suspended in the air on various apparatuses. The Philadelphia School of Circus Arts offers workshops in trapeze, unicycle, tight wire, tumbling and physical conditioning. These special workshops require no prior experience in circus arts or formal training. Tone your arms while swinging upside down or strengthen your core while shimmying across a tight rope. Check the website for more information. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philadelphia_School_of_Circus_Arts
Where: 5900 Greene Street, Philadelphia, PA